Challenging Puzzles: Disorganized Messes

Just the other day we did a post on Things Organized Neatly. But some of us aren’t so neat. We may separate our edge pieces from our jagged pieces, but otherwise, we’re not so organized and prepared. We’ve got some puzzles for you too! Things that are a little messier, maybe even a little harder because these colors and patterns repeat.

What do you think—neat or messy? What’s your favorite? Let us know!

Colorful Rubber Boots by Lafayette Puzzle Factory. 300 pieces.

Beading Bliss by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

Yard Sale by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

Crazy Toys by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

Polish Cuisine by Ceaco. 550 pieces.

Grandma’s Attic by Ravensburger. 1000 pieces.

Blow Pops by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Kitchen Cupboard by Ravensburger. 1000 pieces.

 

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

It’s the day after Easter and you know what that means: chocolate is on sale! Peeps are on sale! Everything delicious is on sale, and it’s time to buy it all up! We thought we’d inspire you to be a little naughty and indulge in all the sugary goodness by showcasing some chocolatey puzzles. Mmm!

Chocolate Overload by Ravensburger. 300 pieces.

Talk about chocolate overload! From Chocolate Unwrapped:

1. The first recorded “Death by Chocolate” case occurred in the 17th Century in Chiapas, Mexico.  Upper class Spaniards were so addicted to chocolate that they refused to adhere to a church dictated chocolate ban that forbade them from eating or drinking any food during the church services.  As a result, the people of the town refused not only listen to the ban but chose to attend worship services in convents instead.  The Bishop who passed the law was later found dead due to poison being mixed into his daily cup of chocolate.

Chocolate Sensation by Springbok. 400 pieces.

While the Swiss consume the most chocolate, Americans make the most chocolate. Each American eats about 22 pounds of candy or chocolate a year. That makes 2.8 billion pounds annually! As of 2006, consumers spent $7,000,000 every year on chocolate alone.

Death by Chocolate by Ravensburger. 1000 pieces.

92% of Americans prefer milk chocolate, but dark chocolate’s popularity is growing rapidly, possibly because dark chocolate is considered a more healthy treat. Dark chocolate has more flavonoids than any other food. It has been found to improve blood pressure, prevent blood clots, slow the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (making it less likely to stick to artery walls) and reduce inflammation. It’s thought that eating a few squares every day can reduce the risk of a heart attack by up to 10%.

Melts in the Mouth by Master Pieces. 500 pieces.

See’s Candies boasts that milk chocolate, and specifically milk chocolate bordeaux are the most popular of their candies. See’s Milk BordeauxTM is a blend of creamy brown sugar covered in milk chocolate and decorated with chocolate rice. But America’s favorite chocolate brand is Snickers. The unit sales are 407,409,600 which brings in about $424,112,200. Wow!

Chocolates by Eurographics. 1000 pieces.

Which filling of chocolate do you like best? Well, whatever it is, you owe a big thanks to Swiss Confectioner Jules Sechaud. In 1913 he invented a process to allow chocolates to have those unique fillings.

Chocoholic by Master Pieces. 500 pieces.

Gene Wilder stated that about 1/3 of the objects in the Chocolate Room in the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory were edible! However, most of the chocolate bars in the film were actually made of wood, except for that famous chocolate river, which was a real mixture of chocolate, water, and cream. Unfortunately, it spoiled fairly quickly and left an awful smell.

 

Happy Easter!: Facts and Trivia

Happy Easter from Puzzle Warehouse! We hope whether you got up early to go to church or are spending the afternoon scavenging for eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny (or both!) that you are having a lovely day with family or friends.

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after the Crucifixion and is celebrated  on the Sunday following the first full moon after the first day of spring. That’s why the date can be as early as March 22 or as late as April 25.

Now That’s Art! by SunsOut. 100 pieces. Finished size: 10″ x 16″.

Eggs have special significance during the Easter holidays because eggs celebrate new life. While they don’t seem alive, life lives within them, just waiting to hatch. Before egg dyeing and chocolate eggs and hardboiled eggs were popular, people gave each other eggs carved from other materials, like wood or precious stones.

Easter on the Lawn by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.5″ x 35″.

Rabbits and hares was associated with springtime even before the time of Jesus. The Anglo Saxon goddess of Spring named Eostre (which some believe was the inspiration for the name Easter) had a hare as her companion to symbolize fertility and rebirth.

The tradition of believing that a bunny hides eggs for little children to find came to America in the 1700’s from German immigrants. Like the Christmas stocking and coal, the parents told their children that if they were good and made a little “nest” out of their caps and bonnets, the Easter Bunny would leave them colored eggs.

Bunnie Wannabe by SunsOut. 500 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

Easter is a pretty important holiday to Americans. It’s the second-biggest candy holiday after Halloween (even beating out Valentines’ Day!) and it’s the fourth-largest card-exchanging holiday. Nearly 120 million cards are sent every year. Wouldn’t this hound in bunny ears make a perfect card as well as puzzle?

True Love by SunsOut. 500 pieces. Finished size: 15.5″ x 18″.

The first Cadbury Easter Eggs were made in 1875! At first chocolate wasn’t all that popular around Easter until molds were made. In the beginning, chocolate Easter eggs were made of dark chocolate with sugared almonds inside. By 1893, there was 19 different lines on the Cadbury Brothers Easter list in the UK. Now we know that it’s not just chocolate eggs that are so popular. People love molds of chocolate bunnies, and there’s certainly some good selection—Gourmet Food has even made a Top 10 List. Did you know that 76% of Americans say they bite off the ears first, with only 5% going for the feet first and 4% biting into the tail?

Cravings by White Mountain. 300 pieces. Finished size: 19.25″ x 26.625″.

Jelly beans became an Easter tradition in 1930 and now 16 million jelly beans are made every year exclusively for the Easter holiday, as well as approximately 90 million Easter bunnies. But those that don’t like the traditional chocolate or the fruity jelly beans are a pretty dominating market as well: 700 million Peeps are made every year for Easter. Did you know that for a long time people hid Easter goodies in children’s shoes? Baskets became popular when people realized the shoes were too small to stuff in all that yumminess!